Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Getting Started

First 12 weeks

Once you have been selected to participate in EBB you have twelve weeks to hire a contractor or decide to do the work yourself as an owner-builder, and get a building permit. EBB does not require a homeowner to use a contractor or recommend any specific contractor to complete the retrofit work. If you would like to hire a Contractor please review the following information "What You Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor".

Starting with the 2019 EBB program, if you hire a contractor to do the retrofit work, you must choose from the EBB Contractor Directory. The Directory provides a resource to search for licensed contractors, who are educated in seismic retrofitting in your area. Once you choose a contractor from the EBB Directory, you may authorize them to upload required documents on your behalf. You can do this from your online Homeowner Dashboard. 

If you choose to use a contractor, the CSLB website has information on consumer resources including how to select a licensed and qualified contractorchecking a contractor licensenegotiating contracts for work to be done, preventing and resolving disputes, and how to obtain a building permit.

If you choose to do the work yourself, you will identify yourself as an owner-builder. As an owner-builder, you become the general contractor for your project and assume complete responsibility for the overall job, including state and federal taxes, workers' compensation insurance and other legal liabilities. The value of the labor provided by an owner-builder is not a recoverable cost under the EBB program and is not considered a reimbursable out-of-pocket expense.

You will be installing bolts into the foundation, and if applicable, plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) bracing along the stud wall (cripple wall) of your crawl space. DIYers are encouraged to view the education videos, which details the steps for installation of retrofit components.


STEPS & timeline for pre-retrofit PHASE

Pre-Retrofit Phase (12 weeks)

  • Familiarize yourself with retrofit works that qualifies.
  • Call licensed contractors and schedule appointments
  • Meet with contractors and receive bids
  • Review/compare all bids, select a contractor
  • Contractors, in most cases, will get a building permit for you
  • Upload 3 photographs of the front of your house
  • Upload 3 photographs of the crawl space and cripple wall, if applicable, before the retrofit
  • Upload permit information, the building permit must be received and dated after acceptance into EBB Program.
  • Upload proof of residency and if requested by EBB, upload a completed W-9 form to your Dashboard

 [IMPORTANT NOTE: Your building permit MUST reference "in accordance with..." an accepted Standard Plan Set (i.e. Standard Plan Set A or LA City Standard Plan Set #1) or "Chapter A3." If your house has cripple walls greater than 4-feet then you will need an engineered solution. In most cases, contractors will go to the building department and get a permit for you.



Retrofit and Post-Retrofit Phase

  • Initiate and complete the work within the specified time frame.
  • Collect and submit the required documentation and upload it to your Homeowner Dashboard:
    • receipts for building permit fee
    • receipts for materials and supplies (if owner-builder)
    • contractor invoice broken out by labor, materials, overhead and profit
    • 2 photos of code-compliant strapped water heater
    • 1 photo of the crawl space access showing scale using ruler, yard stick, etc.
    • 3 photos of the crawl space after the retrofit work is completed
    • signed building permit after the work is completed
    • Payment Authorization Form

    [IMPORTANT NOTE: Your building permit MUST reference "in accordance with..." an accepted Standard Plan Set (i.e. Standard Plan Set A or LA City Standard Plan Set #1). or "Chapter A3."]


                              Step by Step Retrofit Information

                              Permit / Building Department Information